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 2013 FIA Annual Meeting... Come Celebrate our 100 Year Anniversary 


Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - June 10-13, 2013



WelcomeFIA Welcomes Custom Alloy Corp.! 

Custom Alloy Corp. (www.customalloy.us) is an open die producer of custom forgings for the aerospace, defense, industrial equipment, power generation and oil field markets located in High Bridge, NJ. Welcome Custom Alloy as FIA's newest member!


Blair Woodring, Business Development Mgr., will serve as Official Representative.  908.638.6200

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FIA's Annual Occupational Injury and Illness Survey/Report recorded a record number of participants this year, with 127 forging plants participating. We also saw the average industry DART Incident Rate, (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred Rate), decline from 4.85 in 2011, to 4.72 for 2012. While a small decline, definitely a step in the right direction!

The Annual Safety Awards, which will be handed out at FIA's Annual Meeting of Members, in May, are based on the reporting results from the Survey. Reporting plants are broken into four size categories: Up to 80 employees; 81 to 175 employees; 176 to 325 employees; and over 326 employees, ensuring that each plant is benchmarked against similar sized facilities.

First, second, third place and Most Improved Safety Awards are then given in each group for plants having the lowest Recordable Incidence Rate, in their size group, (note due to ties, there may be multiple winners for any given award).

Safety Award Winners for 2012

Size Group I, Up to 80 employees:

First Place:

King Forge and Machine Company

Arro Forge, Inc.

Eagle Wisconsin Forge Company

HHI Impact Forge Group - Net Plant

Second Place:

Aluminum Precision Products - Catalina Cylinders

Third Place:

Solmet Technologies, Inc.

Most Improved

Midwest Tool & Cutlery Co.          


Size Group II, 81 to 175 employees:

First Place:

Aluminum Precision Products - E. Alton

Second Place:

Carolina Forge - A MFC Group Company

Third Place:

Corry Forge Company - Ellwood Group

Most Improved:

Schaefer Equipment - A Wabtec Company


Size Group III, 176 to 325 employees:

First Place:

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments

Second Place:

Wiseco Performance Products

Third Place:

MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, Metform

Most Improved:

            FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. - Superalloys Plant


Size Group IV, over 326 employees:

First Place:

FRISA Forjados - Villa de Garcia Plant

Second Place:

FRISA Forjados - Santa Catarina Plant

Third Place:

Scot Forge Co. - Spring Grove

Most Improved:

                                    FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. - Garcia Plant       




two Wyman Gordon Cleveland - 50 Year Member

FIA is pleased to recognize Wyman Gordon Forgings Cleveland plant as a 50 year member of the Association.

Founded in 1919 by Joseph F. Rice, the former Drop Dies and Forgings Company was in its third generation of family leadership when it was acquired by Wyman Gordon parent company, Precision Castparts Corp., in December 2000.

Wyman Gordon Forgings (Cleveland), Inc. has specialized in providing a wide range of custom commercial forgings for over 75 years serving aerospace, biomedical, fluid component, transportation and commercial markets.

Thank you Wyman Gordon (Cleveland) for 50 years of membership and support. We're looking forward to the next 50!

 Roy Hardy, FIA EVP, presents 50 year award to Mike Sutorius, Gen. Mgr. Wyman Gordon (Cleveland)


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ElevenForge Fair 2013 - Largest, Greatest, Forge Fair Ever! Forge Fair 2015 Location/Dates Announced!

Thanks to our many exhibitors and attendees, Forge Fair 2013 was the largest Forge Fair ever; with nearly 50% more exhibit booth space, 30% more attendees and 30% more international participation than Forge Fair 2010.



It was announced that next Forge Fair, Forge Fair 2015, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, April 14-16, 2015. Many exhibitors registered onsite for 2015, taking advantage of both early registration to receive preferred booth location, and the fact that FIA is currently freezing the exhibit booth fee for Forge Fair 2015 at 2013 pricing.

For information on Forge Fair 2015, in Cleveland, contact George Layne at: [email protected].


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AnnualFIA Annual Meeting - Come Celebrate 100 years of History

Celebrate FIA's Centennial at this year's Annual Meeting of Members to be held May 4-6 at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in our historical journey through the past 100 years by way of our displays, videos and recognition of key individuals and companies that have guided our industry from the beginning.


We also have a great line up of speakers. In addition to our economic and legislative updates, other meeting topics will include:


IT'S OUR SHIP - CREATING A HIGH PERFORMANCE BUSINESS CULTURE with former Navy Commander and Author Mike Abrashoff.  An inspiring story of innovative leadership and organizational transformation, Mike Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing ship in the fleet and made it #1 by changing his leadership style and the culture ... not the crew.


LEADING THROUGH TIMES OF CHANGE with Rich Teerlink, Former Chairman and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.The lessons from Harley-Davidson's turnaround prove how great things happen when management and labor work together in a climate of trust.


PIRATES IN NECKTIES: GOVERNMENT  VS. THE FREE MARKET, WHICH IS WORSE? with P.J. O'Rourke, Best-Selling Author & leading Political Satirist, will wrap up the business portion of our meeting. O'Rourke combines the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian's sense of the absurd and the stupid. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he, in fact, bashes all political persuasions.


The perfect climate in San Diego will serve as the ideal environment for listening to these speakers, and catching up with old friends and making new ones - not only during the formal sessions, but also at social events like the opening reception, golf, tours, spouse programs and the Monday night Dinner Dance.

So please join us in San Diego this year, to celebrate 100 years of our history and maximize the value of your membership in Forging Industry Association.

Members are asked to make their own hotel reservations by April 12. For more information on the hotel, meeting and registration, click here or contact FIA for a printed brochure.



TheoryTheory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - June 10-13, 2013
The "Theory and Applications of Forging & Die Design" school continues to evolve, reflecting new insights into forging technology and the wide availability of metal flow simulation software. This four-day school is taught by a team of industry experts and engineering professors who work together to carefully explain principles and practice. We urge you to join the 1300+ forging employees who have already attended this course.

This will be the only offering of this program in 2013. Class size is limited, (last year's class filled up early, leaving many closed out), please don't wait to register.

Click to view/print course Program and Registration Form